Shamrock Rovers welcomes Derry City in one of Republic of Ireland’s Premier Division derby games, looking to get ahead of its opponent in the table.
Just two points are separating both teams in Derry City’s advantage, but an eventual win for the home side would mean occupying the third spot in the table with 45 points. A win would be important for Derry City as well, because it would mean keeping the team’s chances for the championship pretty much alive.
Shamrock Rovers are on a good run in their last two games, winning both of them. Stephen Bradley’s team won comfortably against Wexford Youths and Finn Harps, scoring five goals in these two games and conceding just once. This was the best possible reaction for Shamrock after losing against Sligo Rovers on 12 August.
And Shamrock Rovers are performing good in the last two weeks, it’s a completely different story for Derry City in their last five games. Kenny Shiels’ boys snatched just one win in their last five matches, which is a sign for a serious dip in form for the Candystripes. Derry City are dreaming about their first league title since 1997, but this kind of inconsistency would hardly lead them to the gold medals in the end of the season.
There are 29 league games played between Shamrock Rovers and Derry City so far. Most often we see these two teams ending their clashes with a draw - 13 times, while Shamrock Rovers have a slight advantage in terms of winning - 9 wins for them compared to 7 for Derry City. For a last time the two teams met in April and it was a one sided affair with Derry City winning comfortably with 3-0.
Prediction: Shamrock Rovers are clearly the team in better form right now, but take a note that Derry City didn’t lose even once in their last five games as well. With four draws in their last five games, they surely look like a team who hardly wins, but hardly loses as well. Picking a draw would be a good bet here. We also do not expect to see a lot of goals between these two teams, so Under 2.5 goals could be a good pick for you as well.
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